A lot of folks are going to be talking about a lot of things after the Detroit Lions defeated the New York Jets in both teams’ preseason debuts, but one of the lesser subjects will obviously be Detroit Lions rookie kicker Havard Rugland. I wish to give the young man his due on this page.
Rugland worked the second half, relieving David Akers, and playing in his first organized football game at any level, drilled 49 and 50 yard field goals as if he was a veteran of some considerable years. At first glance, the young Norwegian looked cool as a cucumber, but on the second attempt he really did not get all of it, but the ball drifted through the uprights and just cleared the crossbar. That had to be nerves and inexperience, but the young man proved he could overcome them... Read more